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Waimea Weekly Professional and Reliable We can provide every service and option, and leave you with memories of a lifetime of love. 544 4400 • Your Community Newspaper Wednesday 10 October 2012 Ready for world domination Page 6 SPEEDWAY Tasman set for $400m injection Andrew Board The Nelson-Tasman district is poised for an investment injection unlike anything it has ever seen and on a scale that will see the region’s growth skyrocket, says a local expert. By the middle of 2013 local iwi should start to see Treaty of Waitangi settlements from the Government transferred to it, to the tune of an estimated $300400 million. Nelson City Council Maori liaison officer Geoff Mullen says most of that money will be invested in the top of the south and will see growth in the region on a scale never seen before. It comes at a time when Nelson businesses are already experiencing growth with the region’s Economic Development Agency chief executive Bill Findlater saying Nelson is in for a “bloody exciting” future on the back of the iwi investment and Nelson’s current business expertise, especially in primary production, Season Preview like growing and producing food. Local iwi and businesses are already engaging in how that money will be invested with a conference to be held in just over a week at Nelson’s Rutherford Hotel. Geoff says the investment will most likely be in horticulture, aquaculture, viticulture and forestry, areas Nelson already does really well in. He says local iwi are unlikely to “blow” their settlement like Taranaki iwi Ngati Tama did earlier this year, investing their entire settlement into a failed IT company. “There are two reasons that is very unlikely to happen here, one iwi have big brother down the road in Ngai Tahu who has been there and done that and they are very willing to lend their help and expertise. Secondly, and they’ll hate me saying this, but Maori are very conservative SEE PAGE 2 History in a postcard Some locally photographed postcards are becoming so rare that historians are now willing to pay hundreds of dollars for them – so don’t tell them you’ve just taken an album to the refuse centre. A large group of postcard collectors and historians from around New Zealand visited Club Waimea for the NZ Postcard Society’s annual convention where stories were uncovered through the text on the back of the cards while others were more interested in adding to their particular collection. One of those postcard collectors looking to add to his collection was Richmond’s Rob Packer. Rob has gathered more than 2000 postcards during the past 30 years – most of those showcasing photos that have otherwise been lost all together. “I was in an antique shop one day and I bought an old postcard, took it home and I thought it was quite interesting. I’ve always liked Nelson history but this particular passion began when I picked up that card.” Once his collection grew, Rob made contact with others around the country. “Before you knew it, there was a society starting up.” Rob manages Richmond Antiques and Curios and says he collects other bits and pieces that revolve around the region. He says his collection won’t ever stop and that he is always seekRob Packer with a postcard that shows the 1919 Peace Parade on ing historic postcards from the region. Queen St. Photo: Phillip Rollo. simple & easy to record SATELLITE & AUDIO SYSTEMS Richmond Additional copies $1 Page 17 Page 12 - 14 myfreeview FAVSAT Cycle fest begins Tahuna Beach Holiday Park Ph: 0274 376 019 100% locally owned and operated Record 2 channels and watch a 3rd Call the freeview man for more details A/H: 544 8867 Don Clementson Qualified Electronic Technician

10 October 2012

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